Teacher Tenure Bill Clears NJ Senate

Senate President Steve Sweeney talks with Senator Teresa Ruiz and Senator Kevin O'Toole Photo Credit: John O'Boyle / The Star-Ledger

Reprinted from NJ 

TRENTON — The Senate unanimously approved a measure today intended to overhaul the state’s century-old teacher tenure law and instead base job protection on regular classroom evaluations and student test scores.

State Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex) who sponsored the legislation, made compromises with the New Jersey Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, adopting amendments that retain the practice of laying off teachers based on seniority when budget cuts require staff reductions.

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